Chic Girl Travels

Basic rules, Off-duty Chic, On-duty Chic
Chic Girl Travels

Travels used to give me headaches. Mainly because I always wanted to travel light yet often I have a dilemma what to take and how to pack, so I do not finish wearing everyday the same or taking too much clothes. Thanks God practice makes perfect. After years of shorter and longer business trips, long weekends and casual trips I managed to find a way to pack only what is necessary. The principle is simple: always chose one color palette per trip. This way no matter how you match tops with bottoms, it will work well. The number of pieces you pack depends on the length of the trip.

In one week I am starting my MBA in Milano. My first staying will take 7 days. Since some social events are planned, I decided to stick to black-white-olive-beige palette. By choosing 4 tops (fake fur vest, black sweater, white shirt, beige turtle neck knitwear), 3 bottoms (black, olive, beige trousers), 1 dress, 2 pairs of comfortable shoes, 2 shawls, I will be able to create at least 10 different classy combinations, which gives me a great choice for 1 week. Also the mix of lighter and warmer pieces makes me prepared for any weather.

Proper selection of jewelry and handbag will be a great final touch to make the outfits unforgettable.

Voilà! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

And what are your cloths selection’s tricks?

The Little Red Dress (LRD)

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The Little Red Dress (LRD)

Red color is strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy like me. I have been dreaming about the red dress for a very long time. I already know that my dreamt red dress will have a simple A-line or tulip cut and will be in crimson color – a classy variation of red. It will be THE “Little Red Dress” (LRD). I still haven’t found what I am looking for though. I want my red dress to be perfect and it takes time. You may think I am fussy, but nothing could be more wrong.

The explanation why I am taking so much time to find my LRD is very simple, you can’t go wrong with black, white or beige, but believe me, when it comes to red, there is a thin line between classy and vulgar. Why? Because red is the color of extremes. It represents energy, action, desire, and passion. However too much of the color red or wrong type of it can cause irritation, agitation and ultimately angriness.

If you want to create a classy business look in red, make sure you will get a right shade of it and stick to simple cuts. If you have a good sense of colors, you can create color-blocks with red. Otherwise stick to the proven sets and combine red with neutrals (white, beige, grey, black) only. If you want to play even safer, add a touch of red to your monochrome look.

One more thing worth to know about red is that all reds are not created equal. In fact, aside from light and dark shades of red, there are two kinds of red: yellow-based reds called also “tomato” reds; and blue-based reds known as “berry reds”.

Here is a little “variation of red” cheat-sheet :

Maroon is a dark bluish red. In general it is slightly softer than burgundy and not as dramatic as true red.

Burgundy is a dark purplish red; it is more sophisticated and serious and less energetic than true red.

Crimson has a little blue in it. It emits sensuality rather than sexuality.

Scarlet has a little orange mixed with it, which gives a richness and brightness to it. It is a little less intense than true red.

Context is everything when using red. The same red in combination with black will glow more than in a combination with white. Keep this in mind when you compose your outfit.

Have a wonderful Friday!

Military style with a twist

Basic rules, Off-duty Chic
Military style with a twist

My daughter turned 3 early this month. The moment she blew the candles on the cake, her rebellious nature set in…

Since I strongly believe that the clothes you pick are an expression of how you feel about yourself, I felt that military style is absolutely relevant this time. I would not be myself though, if I have not twisted it in my way. The truth is that it does not matter what style you choose. Looking classy is all about right proportion and balance. Less is always more!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hot summer in the city

Off-duty Chic
Hot summer in the city

Have you ever prepared your luggage for vacation and when you arrived to the destination you realized that you should have packed completely different sets of clothes? This has just happened to me. I left cold Switzerland to visit my family in Poland. I prepared myself  for reasonable temperature  (25 degrees or something around this) and guess what? Surprise: 32-34 degrees every day!!! None of my outfits seems to be right for this weather… The only positive thing is that in the last moment  before leaving home with my husband and daughter, I threw one maxi dress to my luggage  ”just in case” and this was a hit!!! Believe me, the refreshing power of green lemon dress makes miracles! Here is my proposal for hot summer in the city! Let me know what you think!

You Rock Girl!

On-duty Chic
cropped-ribbon-e1403902618564.jpgOn-duty chic - You rock girl!

Who said that the on-duty chic has to be boring? Here is the perfect example that contradicts this thesis. An elegant combination of 3 neutral colors make this set a perfect business apparel. Attention: the dress itself is a statement piece so there is no need for any accessories. Designer bag and shoes will nicely complement the look.

Personally, I love this set because of its simplicity, wonderful colors and cuts!